COVID-19 response as it relates to Agape Flights

On June 4th, thirty-seven Agape volunteers and staff reunited and celebrated the milestone by completing a service project for our community. After 5 hours of work, more than 3,000 boxes of food were packed and ready for distribution throughout south

Sarasota County. It was a great day to reconnect, work together, and praise God for the return of our precious volunteers!  Please pray for the well-being of the staff and volunteers as we initiate CDC recommendations while working together in the hangar.

 

Please also pray for all of Agape’s missionary affiliates. They continue to face tremendous challenges as a result of the Covid-19 situation.  Some of them have returned to the United States for a variety of reasons.  A good portion of them have made the decision to remain in place “on the mission field” to minister through the mess and the chaos of Covid-19. We praise God for the courage and faithfulness of our missionary affiliates!

 

While we have been able to transport much needed supplies into the Bahamas and Haiti, the Dominican Republic’s quarantine has not allowed us to serve our Dominican missionary affiliates since the middle of March. We continue to ask God to open doors of delivery, and hope to make a flight on July 2nd.

 

May we always remember to keep the main thing, the main thing. Caring and serving missionaries is why Agape Flights exists, that is our primary function. Looking ahead, we certainly have some tremendous challenges, but we press on and take courage knowing that “apart from Him we can do nothing,” but with Him, “Agape can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Praise the Lord for His promises!

April 3, 2020

All of us at Agape Flights are working to continue service to our missionaries, while implementing steps to help keep our staff safe and healthy.

Beginning Friday, April 3, 2020, we will be reducing the number of staff working at 100 Airport Avenue East, Venice, Florida.  3-4 staff will be responsible daily for the receiving cargo, mail, and communication, while other staff members work remotely from their own homes. Email communication will be closely monitored and if you need to telephone us, you can reach us at (941) 488-0990 Monday – Friday, from 8 am until 4 pm (Eastern time).

Be confident that the staff of Agape Flights is here to serve you and pray for you! Even though the hangar is only open for cargo and mail deliveries, we still welcome your communication by email or phone.

Mission flights will continue as restrictions allow.

For up to date information related to Agape’s response to the Coronavirus, please check this page on our website, or Facebook.

Through this difficult time, the personal stories we read from our missionaries help us to better understand the current picture in Haiti, and remind us to pray for them. A portion of a recent update from Pritchard and Dana Adams with Rehoboth Ministries…

"In Haiti, there is a new normal.  While the Haitian people don’t live in fear of rioting, they, like you, have a new enemy. They are giving themselves to prayer in a new way. Like you, they can reap a harvest of destruction if we can’t turn this thing around with prayer. Here are some ways this crisis is somewhat different than what you are facing stateside:

 

  • Haitians already lived from hand to mouth. Since most of them have no employment, they are not able to buy a week’s food to stock up for the impending disaster that could come here.

 

  • The marchés (the big, open-air markets) where they usually buy their food and essentials have been shut down for total cleaning due to the fears of this virus lurking within. This is a good thing, but it leaves our people scrambling to know where to get food.

 

  • A news article recently stated that Chloroquine can be highly effective in  treating the Corona Virus. It’s always been one of the go to medicines readily available for those who have been diagnosed with malaria. However, once the news that Chloroquine could be used to treat this virus, the pharmacies immediately jacked up the prices of what was once so easily attainable, thereby making it virtually impossible to obtain.

 

  • There is no method of testing available here to determine if anyone has contracted the virus.

 

  • Haitians’ homes are very close to each other. It is not uncommon to find 8-10 people living in the same tiny home, thus making the possibility of many being infected at once way too close for comfort.

 

  • There is no internet for most of the people, so homeschooling is not happening here. All the students in our schools are, sadly, once again confined to their homes to await the outcome of impending doom -- all the while hungry. The fear is not of wickedness prevailing in the streets now, but of an enemy they’ve yet to meet. Their one source of comfort is each other and being able to gather in their churches for fellowship, worship, and prayer. But, as with you, everything has come to a standstill and they remain confined to their homes as well.

 

Because of these facts, the Haitian people are like ‘’sitting ducks’’ just waiting for the worst to happen. Yet, they continue to watch and pray. They’ve had lots of practice! They are praying for their country, for their families, and they’re praying for YOU. Would you please pray for THEM? Prit, Dana, and John are gathering together every night to pray for you, the Haitian people, and the world abroad."

March 25, 2020

Oh how we are missing members of our Agape family!  We have asked that all volunteers remain at home for now and the doors to the office remain locked to prevent outside visitors from entering.  Our staff is coming to the office, and some are working from home as able, but altogether filling many shoes right now in order to keep a supply line to our missionaries.  Between 30 and 60 volunteers each week provide much of the labor that makes things happen at Agape Flights.  Each year, volunteers provide over 10,000 hours of labor in areas such as mail sorting, shopping, cargo preparation, reception, filing, maintenance and construction.  We are so very thankful for them and miss them dearly! 

Today, as we prepare for tomorrow’s mission flight, staff is all hands on deck doing whatever it takes to make sure the missionaries get the supplies they need.  In doing so, safety and sanitation measures are being taken.  One of those measures being that incoming mail and cargo is held for 24 hours before handling, and then only with gloves after that.  If anyone has any symptoms they are to remain at home.

This week the plan is a Thursday 3/26 flight to all Haiti locations, followed by a cargo drop in Eleuthera, Bahamas.  Currently, we are unable to fly into the Dominican Republic due to their restrictions.  We are communicating daily with missionary affiliates, customs and border patrol, Haitian officials, the State Department, our senators, Congressman Steube, and the Governor’s office to see if there is anything that we need to adjust along the way.

Please pray for Agape Flights and the missionaries we serve!  This is a disaster unlike a hurricane or an earthquake.  This virus is invisible and attacks unseen.  But even greater is the enemy of fear that joins forces with this virus.  But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of sound mind and sound doctrine.  God is still on the throne, and He has called us to be faithful even during these times.  With all that is within us we will not run away and hide, but we will remain vigilant and confident that God called us to do a work of ministry and if He has called He will complete that work despite those challenges that may come.

We certainly hope and pray that you all are doing well….we love you!

 

Here is this week’s flight schedule:

Plane: N316AF

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Destination                         Local Time                           Zulu Time

Arrive Cap Haitien            09:30 am                             1430Z

Arrive Cayes                       11:00 am                             1600Z

Arrive Port                          12:30 pm                             1730Z

Arrive N. Eleuthera          4:00 pm                               2100Z

Arrive W. Palm Beach     5:45 pm                               2245Z

Arrive Venice                     7:00 pm                               0000Z

March 20, 2020

Agape received confirmation of our authorization from the Secretary General and the Head of International Relations of OFNAC in Haiti, to deliver cargo to Les Cayes tomorrow (Saturday 3/21). Please pray with us for a safe flight. Thank you prayer warriors and financial supporters.

March 20, 2020 Flight Schedule Update

Agape Flights received word that Haiti has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus and is closing all ports, airports and borders at midnight tonight (12:00AM Friday). Our plans were to make a Les Cayes day flight Friday morning however, we are forced to cancel the flight until Haiti reopens its airports and permits Agape to deliver cargo.

We are covering the CoronaVirus global challenge in prayer and hope to resume flights as soon as possible.

Jesus is Lord!

March 18, 2020

Dear Agape Family,

On March11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. Since its outbreak in January in Wuhan, China, the world has increasingly been gripped by fear as the virus spreads. Normal life and societies in many places have been disrupted. Businesses, schools, and industries have been affected. Countries are on lock down and large populations are under quarantine in an effort to contain the spread of this virus. This is a global challenge.

Agape Flights expresses its deep concern and sympathy for all who are affected, especially to those in parts of the world where this challenge is being most acutely felt. We express our deep regret at the fatalities that have occurred. As this novel virus spreads, we urge everyone to give attention to the health and travel advisories issued by local authorities. We urge everyone to show care and regard for one another by looking out for each other, especially for the elderly and the most vulnerable in the community.

If ever there was a time for prayers and supplications, this is such a time.

Psalm 91:1-4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
The Protection of the Most High
1 The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust:
3 He himself will rescue you from the bird trap,
from the destructive plague.
4 He will cover you with his feathers;
you will take refuge under his wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

Please rest assured that we are attempting to work through the moment by moment challenges.  We simply ask for your prayers and understanding that in the midst of this chaos we will be wise and discerning regarding our ministry of service to all of our Missionary Affiliates throughout Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.

At the same time, I request that you would pray for the Agape staff. We have asked our volunteers to remain home in an effort to avoid and avert any spreading of this virus.

Because Haiti is only receiving direct flights from the United States, Agape is unable to make its regular service route which includes the Bahamas and Dominican Republic. In order to serve our missionaries the best we can this week, our plan is to make two one-day flights. You can track the flights through the links below:

Track Thursday's Chieftain flight >>

We love you and ask for your continued prayers and support during this time of global challenge.

In His Service,
Allen T. Speer, CEO

Agape Flights